On Dec 14 2016, more than 20 S1 students took part in a special English speaking lunchtime activity on group cooking at the Cookery Room. The activity, which was co-organised by the Language Across the Curriculum Committee and the Home Economics Department, aimed at strengthening students’ communication skills in English through cooking activities. In groups of 4-6, students learnt to prepare salmon rillettes sandwiches. Most participants were enthusiastic about making the food and they paid close attention to the cooking demonstrations performed by the senior form students.
The Speech Festival Practice and Showcases were held at the School Hall at lunchtime on Nov 30 and Dec 7 2016. Students participating in the Solo Verse Speaking events of the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (English), as well as the award-winning classes in the Choral Speaking events, were invited to perform on the stage. The activity aimed at providing the competitors with an opportunity to raise their standard of speech performance, as well as allowing other students to appreciate and learn from the outstanding performances of their schoolmates.
To strengthen the bonds between teachers and students, the Student Union arranges the Teachers and Students Week every year, enabling both parties to take a break from books and busy work and to immerse themselves into various activities. This year, the special week was held from Nov 14 to 18 2016. There were both indoor activities, such as a cooking competition, and outdoor ones, including dodge ball and ping pong competitions. We could have a better understanding of each other through different activities. The good relationship between teachers and students has been greatly enhanced.
127 of Secondary 5 and 6 participated in the visit to CUHK on 12 November 2016 (Sat). Organized jointly by the Careers and Further Studies Committee and the Association of Professional Lifespan Development & Educational Research for Youth (ALDER), the activity aimed to enhance students’ understanding of the undergraduate programmes that they are interested in. The faculties visited were Science, Social Sciences and Business. Through the sharing sessions by professors, staff and student ambassadors from a wide array of disciplines, our students were better equipped for pursuing their further studies.
The First English Speaking Activity Day was hosted by the Language Across the Curriculum Committee and the English Ambassador team, and co-organised with the History and Economics Departments on 9 Nov 2016. Anime-themed, this activity day aimed to develop students’ English listening and speaking skills and enhance their knowledge on the relevant subjects while enjoying English-dubbed animations. Students from each form eagerly took part in various activities including the game booths set up at the covered playground and the treasure hunt conducted at the campus, through which they could acquire knowledge and skills. After the activities, they received gifts at the prize booth and enjoyed refreshments in the hall.
The Inter-house Badminton Competition was successfully held in October, 2016. Different groups of competitions were conducted including senior and junior, boys and girls. During the matches, many teachers and students came and supported our competitors. All the competitors tried their best and put great efforts in the competitions in order to get excellent results. Here are the overall results of the competition: Champion : Luke House 1st runner up: Matthew House 2nd runner up: Mark House 3rd runner up: John House
The S.1 Fun Fun Camp was successfully held on 14 and 15 Oct, 2016. Over 170 people, including S1 students, Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBS), teachers and social workers, participated in this big event. Instead of holding the camp at school as in previous years, it was held at Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre this year. Apart from the activities organized by the BBS, the participants also greatly enjoyed the recreational facilities provided at the campsite such as the rope course and the archery range.
On October 12, 19 and Nov 16 2016, more than 20 groups of S1 and 2 students joined the lunchtime English book sharing at the School Hall. The activity aimed to encourage students to read English books and boost their oral communication skills. Students shared, in groups of 4, their thoughts and comments on the books of their choice, after which some outstanding speakers were invited to present their ideas on the stage. Most students participated actively and were ready to learn by attentively listening to the teachers' instructions and their schoolmates’ sharing.
Fourteen teams of Secondary 4 students, joined by the pastors and preachers from churches in our neighbourhood, enjoyed the thrill of the game Running Friends, the CDG’s version of Running Man, in which they completed missions in the campus to win the race. The activity was followed by a bountiful meal with love and laughter.
All Secondary One to Secondary Five classes in our school participated in the Classroom Board Display Competition in October 2016. It is a competition organized by the Moral and Civil Education Committee of the school, aiming to introduce the theme of the school year – “Persevere with Wisdom, Walk in Righteousness” and to enhance the sense of belongings among students. The best performed class in each form was S1C, S2B, S3C, S4C and S5C respectively. The Award of Creativity went to 5B.
On September 21, 28 and October 3 2016, more than twenty groups of Secondary 5 and 6 students joined the lunchtime DSE group discussion at the School Hall. The activity aimed at improving students’ communication skills so as to better prepare them for English Paper 4 in the HKDSE. In groups of 4, students practised the 8-minute group discussion, followed by 1-minute individual response. Most students participated in the discussion actively and were willing to learn by attentively listening to the teachers' instructions and completing a self-appraisal.
The Extra-curricular activities (ECA) Promotion Day was successfully held on 20th September 2016. The aim of the day was to allow more students to know more about the different clubs and teams in the school. More than 16 units joined the event. They used this opportunity to promote their activities in the coming year. Some set up booths at the covered playground to display the students’ work, while some others demonstrated funny experiments or conducted mini games. Many students enjoyed the activities provided by the clubs and teams and the day helped them to set their hearts on joining particular extra-curricular activities in this school year.
The Music Department held the annual Music Camp at Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village on July 1 and 2 this year. Thirty-six students, including the Music Convenors, members of the Choir and the Orchestra, participated in the two-day programme which consisted of games and workshops. The students enjoyed the relaxing time being with their friends and the workshops on Choral Conducting instructed by Mr Ng Fook Lam.
Our Form 4 students completed the Leadership Training Camp on 30 January, and workshops from 14 July to 16 August, during which they participated in different activities for the learning of team building, leadership and problem-solving. The workshops and dap camp aim to equip students with self-confidence and co-operation and prepare them to be student leaders.
Both teachers and students cannot forget the enjoyable experience of the 3rd English Speaking Activity Day (ESAD) held on 17th May 2016!
The focus of the 3rd ESAD was to motivate students to speak in English. There were game booths at the covered playground where students could tell stories, give impromptu speeches, perform readers’ theatre and share good books that they had read. The Geography and Economics Departments also had booths where students learned about the tectonic plates and bartering goods without the use of money respectively. Certainly there were great prizes, including colourful notebooks, cartoon clips and emoji accessories, up for grabs.
At the School Hall, different clubs, teams and committees, including St. John Ambulance Brigade, the Board Games Club, Campus TV, CYC, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Junior Achievement Club, the Prefect Team, the Science and Nature Club, the Forensic Science Team and the Christian Fellowship Team, promoted their activities in the form of booth games and activities. Students who participated in the Hall activities could win delicious snacks at the English Ambassador Café. Students could also win marks for their Houses by active participation in all the activities.
More than 250 S2, S3 and S4 students enjoyed a drama activity organised by The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Education on 5 May, 2016. Not only did they learn about the basics of drama production, but they also sang along, practised vocal variety and acted with native English speaking actors. Some students participated in script writing and were invited to write an ending to Swiss Family Robinson, two of which were performed by the cast. A spark of interest towards drama has been kindled. The event was one of the activities in the English Alliance Scheme of the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) in a bid to provide an opportunity for students to experience English drama, and to prepare them for the Learning English through Drama module in the NSS English curriculum.
The “German with Fun” workshop was presented by lecturers and students from the HKU School of Modern Languages and Cultures on 16th April, 2016. The workshop consisted of four parts.
Firstly, students learned the basic German alphabets and numbers, followed by the learning of useful daily conversational phrases like saying “Hi” and “Good morning” in German. In the third part they were taught how to order food in German and they could try the German food as well, such as German sausages and German potato chips. Finally, the HKU students shared their interesting experience of studying in and travelling to Germany. All of our students found the German Workshop fun and useful.
In the morning of February 21, 2016, the English Debate Team joined the English Debate Friendly Match held at the Church of Christ in China Kei Chi Secondary School in Kwun Tong.
Three students, 1D HUI KING YUK WALTER, 4D IP TSZ YU and 5D LI TSZ KI debated against three S4 students from Kei Chi on the motion that “The large number of mainland tourists has had positive impacts on Hong Kong in general”. Our school was on the Opposition side. Three other students, 2D LUK KA YIN, 4D LAU WAI SZE and 5C FUNG HOI YAN JANICE participated in the Floor Questions Session.
Although it was the first debate match with another school, our students demonstrated their talents and courage and won the debate match. Students learnt a lot from their counterparts and the comments given by the adjudicator, an experienced senior debater from The Debate Association Limited.
Over 100 teachers and students showed their gratefulness by leaving notes of thanks for the people around them on the display board prepared by the Moral and Civic Education Committee on 12th May, 2016. At the end of the day, the board was filled with love and encouragement which warms everyone’s heart.
29 of our students from Secondary 1 to 6 participated in the Inter-school Basketball Championships (Girls A, B and C Grades) between October 2015 and March 2016. The competitions were organized by the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation with the aim of promoting girls’ interest in playing basketball and improving their skills in the sport.
On May 25, 2016, three S5 students gave exemplary speeches, bringing this year’s English Speaking Wednesdays to an astounding close. These S5 students, who excelled in English Language School-based Assessment, were invited to demonstrate individual presentation in front of all S4 students, who are going to approach similar tasks in the coming year. The speakers have set high standards for their fellows. Not only did the audience bring back invaluable skills in pronunciation and delivery, but also a motivated spirit to follow the role models in pursuit of excellence.
17 students from Secondary 2 to 4 participated in the Elderly Visit Programme organized by Social Welfare Department of Hong Kong and H.K.S.K.H. Tseung Kwan O Aged Care Complex, from September 2015 to April 2016. It is an activity aiming to promote love and care for the elderly. Our students have benefited a lot from the seven sessions of the elderly visit and received great compliment upon the completion of their service.
24 students participated in the Dialogue in the Dark Tour initiated by the Moral and Civic Education Committee on 19th May, 2016. The students experienced a journey in darkness for 75 minutes at the Experiential Exhibition Centre at Mei Foo. In a special-arranged all-black environment, students enjoyed the world in a new perspective which changed their mind towards visually impaired people and reflected on their own well-being.
Two Secondary 2 students of our school participated in the Sai Kung District Moral Telling Competition on 12 December 2015. It is a competition organized by Sai Kung District Civic Education Promotion Committee aiming to foster the morality among young people. Our student 2D Fung Wing Ki, John won the Champion of the competition.
All Secondary 2 classes participated in the Chinese Drama Competition on 26th April afternoon at the School Hall. It is a competition organized by the Chinese Department, aiming to promote the creativity, expressiveness and team spirit of our students. Our students created the scripts by mirror-writing different Chinese masterpieces. They worked hard on the competition and performed well on stage. We invited Ms Luk Mei Yee and Ms Ma Yuk Mei to be our judges. The student group from S2D (Group 2) performing “是但行者” got the Champion in the competition. Another student group from S2C (Group 2) performing “來自星星的秘密桃花源”got the First Runner-up. The group from S2D (Group 1) performing “差不多先生出沒注意” got the Second Runner-up.
In order to nurture students’ leadership skills, enhance their self-confidence and cultivate team spirit, a 2-day-1-night S.3 Growth Camp was successfully held for all S.3 students on 17-18 March, 2016 in Po Leung Kok Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp, Sai Kung. Through a variety of fun activities, students were given an opportunity to develop self-awareness, so as to be better prepared for their senior form years and future life. All students greatly enjoyed the camp and had a wonderful time.
13 teachers and 121 S.2 students of our school took part in a study tour to Danxiashan in Guangdong Province from 28 to 30 January, 2016. During the trip, they walked along some hiking trails and explored the beauty of nature. Also, they visited the Geographical Museum to learn more about how different landscapes were formed. Moreover, they had a chance of interviewing the local residents to know more about the change of their lives after Danxiashan had become a National Geographical Park. It was a fruitful trip and the students look forward to different chances to broaden their horizons in the years to come.
The S1 and S3 collaborative activity was held at lunchtime on Mar 23, Apr 13 and Apr 27 2016 at the School Hall. The activity was themed “The Games We Played”, and it aimed at recalling students’ fond memories of their childhood, as well as encouraging students to read, speak, and listen to more English.
During the activity, students had to collaborate with one another in groups of 4 to finish some tasks. Each was asked to read an article and give a presentation on the game they had read. In the Q&A session of every round, the other 3 students could ask the presenter in the group a few questions. The final task was to finish a crossword puzzle together. The fastest groups would receive prizes!
On the three days, students had great fun and they especially enjoyed the crossword puzzle session, in which they cooperated very happily.
On the 24th February, 2016, our S.4D students made a visit to the Legislative Council. The activity was organized by the Liberal Studies Department. Through the activity, students learnt about the history of the legislature in Hong Kong, from the colonial era to the present.
The guide of the educational tour explained to students the election and composition of the Legislative Council, as well as the law-making procedures. Students were curious to see how legislatures performed in the meetings and this day they had the opportunity to listen to 2015-2016 Budget Speech by Mr John Tsang, the Financial Secretary. This was a fruitful experience for the students to understand more about the legislature in Hong Kong.
This year’s English Assembly was successfully held on March 3, 2016. The assembly was essentially a learning activity for speaking, in which all Secondary One to Five students were offered good opportunities to deliver impromptu speeches together in the school hall.
We were honoured to have invited Mr David Au Yeung from the Toastmasters Club in Hong Kong to brief our students on the key skills of an effective impromptu speech. What followed were the skill demonstration of our student toastmaster members and the practice on the skills by the audience in pairs. The highlight of the event was the Inter-house Impromptu Speech Contest. The participants did their utmost to display the skills they had just learnt. In the end, Mark House won the championship.
Overall, the assembly was well-received and the students enjoyed giving a short impromptu speech at the ‘Table Topics’ – a booth set during lunchtime and after school as an extension of the activity.
The Second Maths Day in the 1516 school year was successfully held on 22nd March. Throughout the day, different activities were organized to provide different platforms for our students to showcase their talents in Mathematics. The S.5 students were responsible for a sharing on Mathematics in the morning assembly, whereas all S.4 students participated in the Mathematics Presentation Competition at lunchtime. The ever popular Mathematics Board Game Competition (Final Round) and mathematics game booths also attracted the hundreds of students from all forms after school.
Our Second English Speaking Activity Day this year was held successfully, collaboratively by the English Language Department, Mathematics Department and Computer Science Department, on 3 March, 2016. The theme of this ESAD was “The Mystery”. A total of six booth games were held at the covered playground. Apart from polishing their English speaking skills, students who took part in the booth games also learnt prime numbers and American Standard Code for Information Interchange. One of the booths was about impromptu speaking which aimed to train students’ impromptu speaking skills and quick thinking.
The afterschool activity was the Mysterious Treasure Hunt. Both junior and senior form students were required to complete six tasks at six different checkpoints in order to get six linear equations. The answers from the equations gave the final password for winning the game.
All students took the initiative to participate in all games in an attempt to fight for higher House marks. Thanks to all of you. Let’s join hands and create a better English speaking environment in CDGFSS!
This year’s Inter-House English Debate Contest was successfully held on March 14, 2016. John House, the Proposition Team, and Luke House, the Opposition Team, debated on the motion that “Saving the environment is more important than addressing poverty”.
Both sides did lots of research and demonstrated relevant debate skills during the contest. In facing the challenging questions raised by Matthew House and Mark House at the session, both teams remained calm and gave convincing rebuttals. At the end, Luke House triumphed over John House by only a few marks and 5D Li Tsz Ki was awarded “The Best Debater”.
Thanks to both junior and senior students’ active participation in the mini-debate and the professional comments given by our honorable EDB adjudicators, Mr Peter Broe and Ms Kiki Choi, the Inter-House English Debate Contest came to a successful end.
To better equip and prepare our S.6 students for their future career and study endeavour, Career and Further Studies Committee conducted the Secondary Six Mock Interview on 19th February, 2016.
All interview sessions, resembling real-life university admission interviews, provided S.6 students an opportunity to experience being an interviewee.
This year, we invited 9 external interviewers from different subject disciplines and professional backgrounds, including our former Principal, members of the Incorporated Management Committee, parents, and alumni, to help students practise their interviewing techniques. The participating students dressed formally and prepared beforehand for this event as if they faced an actual university admission interview. Students expressed that they have benefited from this experience and received valuable feedback from all the interviewers concerning their answers, the use of gestures and other critical interviewing skills.
The First Putonghua Day this year was held successfully on 23 February 2016. It is an event organized by the Chinese Language Department, aiming to encourage students to speak Putonghua. At lunchtime, there were some game booths for Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 students at the School Hall. Students were active in playing Putonghua related games and eating glutinous rice balls (Tangyuan). Both teachers and students greatly enjoyed the activities on the day.
Our students and teachers actively participated in the Teacher-Student Week held from 30 November to 4 December, 2015. It is an activity organized by the Student Union, aiming to strengthen the relationship between teachers and students. Our students and teachers enjoyed the activities very much. It was a good chance for teachers and students to have fun outside the classrooms together.
Our school basketball court was filled with spectators of the four Houses, clapping their hands and cheering for their teams at the Inter-House Basketball Competition on 15th October, 2015. The whole school echoed with students’ cheers and applause. The matches among the four Houses were breathtaking as athletes had spared no effort to compete for the championship and bring glory to their Houses. Team work and the true spirit of sportsmanship were demonstrated at the campus.
One hundred and twenty six Secondary One students participated in the S.1 Inter-class Chinese Speech Competition on 2 February, 2016. It is a competition organized by the Chinese Language Department, aiming to help students to acquire public speaking skills and enhance their appreciation of Chinese poetry. In that afternoon, all S.1 students gathered at hall, supporting and encouraging their schoolmates. All competitors did their best in their performances. After keen competitions, S1D KO KA YUET’s group got the Champion at the Group Speaking Competition, while S1A LEE YAU WAI won the Champion at the Solo Verse Speaking Competition.
Twenty Secondary 1 students participated in a Cooking Activity on 27th January. It is an activity organized by the Language Across the Curriculum Committee, aiming to encourage senior students to teach junior students how to make sawdust puddings. Some Secondary 2 students wrote the recipe and prepared the ingredients. They taught the Secondary 1 students how to make the puddings. They all enjoyed the very successful cooking activity.
One hundred and twenty one S4 students, joined by pastors and preachers from churches in our neighbourhood, enjoyed the thrill of the game Running Friends, the CDG’s version of Running Man, in which they completed missions in the campus to win the race. The activity held on 2 October was followed by a bountiful barbecue with love and laughter.
The Gospel Week was successfully held by the Religious Affairs Committee from 23rd to 27th November. Themed ‘Wanted’, the Gospel Week aimed to help students understand God’s love and salvation. Students learnt more about Christianity through the sharing of teachers and schoolmates in a series of functions ranging from drama performances to basketball and football competitions. It is hoped that students would continue to grow in God’s words.
Interdisciplinary Forensic Science Programme, an article written by Dr. Grobler, our NET teacher, was published in Volume 31 of the Hong Kong Science Teachers’ Journal of August 2015 on pages 14 to 17.
The article introduces our school’s Enhanced Science Programme for S3 and S4 students and shows how different departments in a school can work together to provide students with interesting learning opportunities. You can download and read the article here.
On 18th November 2015, a group of S1-S3 students joined a workshop titled ‘Poems & Monologues for Secondary Schools’ jointly held by The Absolutely Fabulous Theatre Connection (AFTEC) and the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR). They gained valuable knowledge about poems in the workshop.
They learned some of Roald Dahl’s interesting revolting rhymes, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf. They also learned a famous monologue in one of William Shakespeare’s masterpieces, The Tempest. The tutor is a professional play performer and everyone enjoyed reading poems with him. He taught students what ‘APE’ was, which stands for articulation, projection and expression respectively. They are all important aspects in speaking. It is definitely a memorable and worthy experience for the participating students.
More than 20 groups of S4-6 students joined the lunchtime DSE group discussion practice at Hall on Sept 23, 30, Oct 7 and Nov 4, 2015. The activity aimed at familiarizing students with the formats of English Paper 4 in the HKDSE and improving their communicative skills.
In groups of 4, students practised the 8-minute group discussion and the 1-minute individual response. Most students performed actively and were eager to learn. All of them listened to the teachers' instructions and their classmates’ feedbacks attentively.
Our first English Speaking Activity Day this year was successfully held on November 19 and its theme was ‘Science’. Three form competitions were held and several science booths were set up.
The energetic F.1 students competed in the 'Battle of Bubbles' in which they had to make bubbles with different materials provided. F.2 - F.3 students had to compete in the 'Zoom Machines' competition which required them to make cars that were only powered by the energy stored in a rubber band. It was so surprising that a group of 3D students made machines that were able to run the whole length of the school hall! F.4 - F.5 students joined the 'Bridge Challenge' and had to use different materials provided to build a bridge that could bear a heavy burden.
The Chemistry department had Pacific Cyrus, a place where students used chemical reactions to change Ribena into different “drinks” such as milk, water, raspberry milkshake and banana milk. The Biology department helped students to explore through microscopes and the Physics department challenged students to build different electrical circuits.
Through the hard work of all the teachers, student helpers as well as our dear English ambassadors, this ‘English Science Day’ was completed smoothly. Thank you to everyone involved!
Last but not least, let us learn English together and provide a better English environment for the school!
The first Math Day of this school year was held on 10 November, 2015 and there were a lot of different competitions and activities held during lunchtime and after school. Students were active in joining the mathematics related activity, or even helping in running the events. Here is the sharing of one of the student helpers who also participated in the Blokus competition.
As a participant and helper, I was quite busy but I had a lot of fun too! There were two different competitions , Rummikub and Blokus, and I participated in Blokus. With some luck I won the heat round and advanced to the top 32 final round, which will be held on the second Math Day. Other than that, I was responsible for taking attendance of the competitors, rearranging rounds when there were absentees and also keeping time in the matches.
When there was downtime between competitions, I would go to the mathematics game booths nearby. There were Rubik’s Cube, Rush Hour and some mathematics applications such as Four Colour Theorem and Light Out Puzzle on iPads. I like the Rubik’s Cube booth the most because I have learnt how to solve it before the summer holiday, and I got some easy jelly drop by solving the cube.
Last but not least, let us look forward to the second Math Day!
All Secondary One to Secondary Five classes in our school participated in the Classroom Board Display Competition held in October, 2015. It is a competition organized by the Moral and Civic Education Committee of the school, aiming to introduce the theme of the school year – “Excel in character and studies; make dreams happen” and to reinforce students’ sense of belonging to the school. The winning classes are S1C, S2A, S2B, S3D, S4B and S5C.
Twelve teams of Primary 5-6 students from six different primary schools participated in the Maths Arena on 24 June, 2015. It is a Mathematics competition organized for primary students by the Mathematics Department of our school, aiming to nurture students’ interest in mathematics, raise their understanding of Mathematical knowledge beyond books and learn team spirit. Each team was required to finish the 10 mathematic games and tests prepared by our senior form students.
After the event, not only could the primary students enhance their problem-solving skills through competing with each other, but they also learned some new interesting mathematics games. Overall, all teams performed excellently. Winners of the Maths Arena were awarded certificates and book coupons.
All Secondary Two classes participated in the S2 Chinese Drama Competition on 21st April afternoon at the school hall. It is a competition organized by the Chinese Department, aiming to promote the creativity, expressiveness and team spirit of our students.
Our students created the scripts by mirroring different Chinese masterpieces. They worked hard on the competition and performed well on stage. We invited Ms Cheng Ken Sun and MrLui Mui Hei to be our judges.
The group from S2B performing “New Peach Blossom Spring” (新桃花源記) received the Championship in the competition. Another student group from S2A performing “New Sung Dingbo Catches a Ghost” (宋定伯捉出不多鬼) got the First Runner-up. The group from S2AC performing “The New Legend of the White Snake” (白蛇新傳) got the Second Runner-up.
All S.1 and S.3 students gave presentations on their ideal holiday destinations at the English Speaking Activity held at lunchtime in the covered playground on 28 Jan, 4 Feb and 11 Feb, 2014.
Not only did they give presentations to their partners, some students were also given opportunities to give speeches on the stage. This activity has sharpened their presentation skills and developed their confidence in speaking.
The English Ambassador Team organised a 3-day camp before the Christmas holidays. The camp successfully brought our English Ambassadors closer together.
We had a Christmas party on the first night as an ice-breaker. We played different games like “Musical Chairs”, “Question Web” and “Walk, Stop, Cap, Jump”. We also had a magic show performed by Coleman, an English Ambassador, and we exchanged gifts.
In the morning of the second day we invited Mr. Webber from the EDB to give us a workshop on team building. He used drama skills as one of the tools to show us how to work together. In the afternoon our core members prepared some tasks for us and we had a competition. We had to find the hidden path within a grid of squares, grab candy that was placed far away without stepping over the line and move a glass full of water with the use of a rubber band and some strings. Through the games, our members could get to know more about each other and build good team work and team spirit. At night we went on a night walk during which everyone except the leader was blindfolded.
Finally we had a workshop on leadership skills prepared by Mr. Grobler on Sunday morning and we gave each other encouragement by putting our feedbacks on each other’s backs.
A Joint-school Music Interflows was held at our school hall on December 15, 2014. It was organised by our working partner MusicFriendly. The musical teams from SKH Kei Hau Secondary School and Ng Yuk Secondary School came over and shared their music with the Choir and the Orchestra of our school. After all the music performances, refreshment was served in the Christmas party that followed. The atmosphere all through was friendly and joyful.
The AFS Intercultural Fair, which was held at the campus of Maryknoll Fathers’ School on 29 November, was a platform for our English Ambassadors to understand the cultural differences between people from different countries. It also provided us with a golden opportunity to practise our spoken English through communicating with the representatives from 15 countries around the world.
The very first country we visited was Brazil. We played a football match with a tiny ball in a classroom. Then, we were served with biscuits with some jam on it. We also dressed up in traditional clothes and jewelry from Nepal while playing a traditional Nepalese game. Besides, we learned a traditional Turkish dance, and tried to shoot an apple from our friends’ heads at the booth of Sweden. We also visited the booths of Russia, Germany and Denmark. We performed a dance in the Finland booth and did some henna painting in the booth of Pakistan. Unfortunately, we could not visit all the booths from all the countries due to limited time.
The AFS is of great fun! It reminded us of the importance of learning English in order to be able to communicate with people from around the world.
Students from different forms in our school participated in the game booths set up by the Moral and Civic Education Committee on 26 March. The activity aimed to let students know more about Children’s Rights. Moral and Civic Ambassadors demonstrated the children’s toys in the old times and invited students to play them. An assembly on the same topic was held on 25 March as well. Students enjoyed the activities very much.
Our first Putonghua Day this year was held successfully on March 13, 2015 with plentiful activities organized. In the morning section, we invited students who obtained outstanding results in Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival to perform their winning pieces on stage.
At lunchtime, an inter-house competition on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was conducted at the hall. The participants were required to answer in Putonghua. All the competitors did their utmost in answering the questions, and the audiences were also actively engaged in the activity. There were also some game booths such as riddle games at the covered playground. In the afternoon, we invited G.A.S. to perform a drama for Secondary 2 and 3 students. The hall was full of laughter and loud applause.
The School Choir participated in the Ode to Joy Concert of Ten Thousand on 6th December 2014 after going through a series of choral practices and rehearsals in the previous three months. This big event was held at the Hong Kong Coliseum, involving a huge number of young people for a joyful performance.
It was a multi-media programme integrated with opera, ballet and animations. Students were exposed to traditional songs and music by Beethoven, Bizet, Mozart and Tchaikovsky, both a cappella and accompanied. The audience joined the choirs and celebrities like Warren Mok, C Allstar, Alfred Hui and Chiu Tsang-hei etc. to sing their hearts out cheerfully. With official witnesses, this event has successfully made a Guinness World Record for the greatest number of people singing together for a live radio broadcast.
One hundred and twenty seven of Secondary One students participated in the S.1 Inter-class Chinese Speech Competition on 10 February, 2015. It is a competition organized by the Chinese Department, aiming to help students acquire public speaking skills and enhance their appreciation of Chinese poetry.
In that afternoon, all S.1 students gathered at the School Hall, supporting and encouraging their schoolmates. All competitors did their best in their performances. Despite fierce competitions, S1C LEE WING YAN group got the Champion in the Group Speaking Competition, while S1C CHAN LOK YI won the Champion in the Solo Verse Speaking Competition.
The Language Across the Curriculum Committee and the Mathematics Department held a Mathematics activity in the covered playground on the English Speaking Wednesday on 10 December 2014. S.1 students learned about the interesting Fibonacci sequence. The Fibonacci sequence starts at 1 and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. Many things in nature follow the Fibonacci sequence such as the petals on flowers, the branches of trees and the fruitlets on pineapples. After learning the sequence, students had an inter-class competition in which they had to apply their newly learnt knowledge.
In order to help students prepare for the 66th Hong Kong Speech Festival, the school provided opportunities for them to practise in front of a live audience during lunchtime on 5 different English Speaking Wednesdays in the covered playground.
Twenty eight students were given the opportunity to perform their solo verse recitals, 10 students to perform duologues and 4 classes to perform choral speaking poems. We hope that they all learned from the experience and the feedback from teachers, which will help them with their preparation for the festival.
Senior CDG students and our teachers actively participated in the Teacher-Student Week held from 1 to 3 December, 2014. It is an activity organized by the School Student Union, aiming to better the relationship between teachers and students. Our students and teachers enjoyed the games very much. It was a good chance for teachers and students to have fun outside the classrooms together.
One hundred and fifteen of our Secondary Two students and 14 teachers participated in the Understanding Our Motherland 2014: Mainland Exchange Programme for Junior Secondary and Upper Primary Students (2014/15) co-organized by the Education Bureau and social enterprises from 27-29 November 2014. The programme aimed to provide learning experience for students to deepen their understanding of the history, culture, custom, urban/rural developments as well as nature conservation of the Guangdong Province, and its relationship with Hong Kong. All our students and teachers enjoyed the tour and the precious moments in this 3-day trip.
On the 25th November 2014, the English Speaking Activity Day themed ‘The World in a Tea Cup’ was held with great success.
There were different booths organised by different subject departments and by the Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation. The Geography and History Departments presented fun game booths through which students learned about the tea traditions of Britain and China. At the booths presented by the Economics and Accounting students, our fellow schoolmates were able to make their own DIY tea by adding different flavors, ranging from rose to durian, to their tea base. The Fair Trade Hong Kong Foundation aims to raise the awareness of the fact that a fair price should be given to the farmers.
After school, 20 groups of the junior form students joined a Treasure Hunt. They had to finish different tasks like performing a tea-dance, baking pancakes with tea, and performing a tea ceremony. The Treasure Hunt ended with a Tea Party in the Hall where hot tea and scones, freshly baked by the English Ambassadors, were served.
Our students enjoyed all the games a lot and had fun playing in the booths and Treasure Hunt.
A LED Torch Workshop co-organized by our school and the Hong Kong Academy for the Gifted was held on 20 and 27 September 2014. Twenty gifted Hong Kong students, some of whom spoke English only, participated in making the LED torches. They were tutored and guided by a number of our students. The participants enjoyed the learning process and the education officers from the Hong Kong Academy for the Gifted highly appreciated the performance of our students who tutored and took care of the participants.
In preparation for our own Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programme, some members of the English Ambassador Team visited the first sessions of the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programmes of Ying Wa Girls School on September 20, Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School on September 27 and Pentacostal Lam Hon Kwong School on October 11. We really learned a lot about the structure of the programme and the different meetings. Our own Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programme will commence on January 27 and we are looking forward to sharpen our public speaking and leadership skills.
To better equip and prepare our S.6 students for their future career and study endeavour, Career and Further Studies Committee organized two mock interview sessions during lunchtime on 4th and 6th November. These two sessions, resembling real-life university admission interview, provided students an opportunity to experience being an interviewee. All S.6 students participated in group interviews conducted by our Principal, two Vice Principals, Career teachers, parents, and alumni of different subject disciplines and professional backgrounds, which helped students to practise their interviewing techniques.
The participating students dressed formally and prepared beforehand for their answers to typical interview questions as if they had faced an actual university admission interview. Students expressed that they have benefited from this experience and received valuable feedback from their teachers and other interviewers concerning their answers, the use of gestures, and other critical interviewing skills.
Have you ever imagined that you would travel in the film world with Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes and Miss Potter? Three S.5 students, Tung Ka Yi, Lui Wing Sze and Tsoi Tze Ying, accompanied by Miss Chin Pou U, were grateful for having a wonderful two-week film journey in England in July 2014.
In the film journey, the students visited numerous castles, cathedrals and natural scenery, which were the famous filming locations of international box office hits like the Harry Potter series, Miss Potter, Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes and Notting Hill. They also learned more about how the British government has supported and respected the film industry by its efforts in preserving and maintaining the heritage and scenic spots.
After the trip, the students shared their amazing adventures with their fellow schoolmates and people in the territory. The trip was part of the programme Travel Experience Share (TES) 2014, organized by Wai Yin Association and funded with designated contributions by an anonymous donor, other corporate and individual donors. Please visit the CDGFSS 2014 TES Facebook Page to know more about their wonderful film journey.
The S.1 Fun Fun Day Camp (Part 1) of the Big Brothers & Sisters Scheme (BBS) organized by the Guidance Committee was held in early September successfully! It was a chance to help our S.1 schoolmates to better adapt to the CDGFSS big family and enhance their sense of belonging to the school. All S.1 schoolmates participated actively and happily in all activities. It was a good chance for senior form students, who act as Big Brothers and Sisters, to understand and learn how to take care of the young S.1 students.
Seven teams of S4 students, joined by pastors and preachers from churches in our community, enjoyed the thrill of the game CDG Running Friends, which was designed based on the popular Korean programme of Running Man. It was a game organized by the Religious Affairs Committee on 10 October 2014. To win the race, each team was required to complete various missions in the campus. The activity was followed by a bountiful meal with love and laughter.
All classes from Secondary One to Five in our school participated in the Classroom Board Display Competition held in October 2014. It was a competition organized by the Moral and Civil Education Committee, aiming to introduce the theme of this school year – “Excel in character and studies; make dreams happen” and to reinforce the sense of belonging among students to the school. The award of Best Bulletin Board Design in each form goes to S1B, S2C, S3B, S4B and S5A respectively.
Just before the full moon at the beginning of this school year, Christian students in the school gathered with their teachers to celebrate the love of God with activities like hymn singing, games and mooncake sharing. This was an activity organized by the Religious Affairs Committee on 5 September, 2014.
Thirty nine Secondary 3 to Secondary 5 students participated in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Scheme. It is a scheme organized by Guidance Committee, aiming to help S1 students adapt to the life in our school. Through the scheme, senior students learned how to organize activities and developed their leadership. S1 students also built up friendship with senior students.
More than 180 Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 students participated in the Maths Day on 27th Feb, 2014. The Heat event of Rummikub and Blokus was held at the School Hall. In the morning, we had Squiggly Sudoku. In the afternoon, we had Board Display Presentation Competition. The Final event of Rummikub and Blokus will be held on 22 May. All competitions were organized by the Mathematics Department, aiming to increase students’ interest in Mathematics.
All S.2 and S.4 students joined the Collaborative Speaking Activity on four English Speaking Wednesdays (February 12 - March 5). They put their heads together to create a brand new dialogue for a silent movie clip, cartoon or TV commercial. Some groups were invited to read out their dialogues in front of everyone. Most of them came up with funny conversations and the audience enjoyed listening to the new versions of the videos.
After the preliminary round of class-based English Drama Competition in English Reader lessons, the best performing group of each S3 class competed in the S.3 Inter-class English Drama Competition (Final) on 17 February, 2014. It is a competition organised by the English Language Department, aiming to help students learn English through drama and to foster their love and interest in English language arts. In that afternoon, all S.3 students gathered at the hall, supporting and encouraging their schoolmates. All competitors did their best in their performances. It was a great time for both the adjudicators Mr Gert Grobler and Mr Tam Yin Fai. The results are as follows:
The Gospel Week was successfully held by the Religious Affairs Committee from 13 to 17 January, 2014. Our students learnt more about Christianity through different activities like Gospel Cooking and Gospel Basketball, and they had some good sharing with their teachers and schoolmates. It is hoped that students will continue to grow in God’s words.
Putting forward their strong arguments with clear team lines, the speakers grasped every chance to rebut the other side’s arguments. They also made good use of debating skills to enhance the persuasiveness of their speeches.
Mr. Peter Broe, a NET section officer of the Education Bureau adjudicated the competition with our English teachers and gave constructive feedback to all participants. The final results are as follow:
The first S4 Geography field trip was successfully held on 5 December 2013. The theme of this activity is Flood Control. This activity aims at enhancing students’ skills of cooperation, broadening their horizons and enriching their understanding to the large-scale flood prevention projects in Hong Kong. The destinations of our visit is Yuen Long Bypass Floodway, the nearby wetland and Nam Sang Wai. Our students showed much enthusiasm in the visit.
The S6 Geography field trip was successfully held on 1 November 2013. The theme of this activity is “An urban study on Sai Ying Pun”. The activity aims at enhancing students’ understanding on urban development and the importance of conservation in the old urban areas. Our students showed much enthusiasm in the visit.
Fourty five students who volunteered to participate in the 65th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival showcased their talent in the speech performances on 3 consecutive English Speaking Wednesdays on October 30, November 6, and November 27. S1 and S2 students also gave their choral speaking practice performance on December 4 and December 11.
Before the performances, our English teachers guided all performers through the understanding of the poem, as well as how it should be expressed through solo and choral vocal variations and facial expression at recesses, lunch breaks, and even after school.
All participants performed brilliantly, making good use of body gesture, pitch and tone, and emotional expression. Our NET teacher, Mr Grobler gave each participant and class constructive feedback. The participants and audience enjoyed the performances much.
On 21st January our school had our second large-scale English Speaking Activity Day for the year. The theme of the day was “From Basic Elements to Future Dreams”. Everything starts from basic elements: humans are built from cells; in chemistry everything is made from the elements in the periodic table; and even in computer science every program is coded with bits and bytes. On this English Speaking Activity Day Lego blocks played an important role as they were the basic elements that our students used to build their dreams with!
Many students were drawn to the covered playground and the hall by the intriguing Lego booth games and inter-class competitions that were held during lunchtime and after school. Students were excited to participate in the activities as Lego games have always been part of people’s childhood memories. The tiny Lego blocks may seem insignificant but a lot of amazing models are built out of them.
Students enjoyed a list of Lego booth games, including Creationary, Imaginary, and a Lego car racing-question game. Apart from that, our Lego blocks sponsor, AA Place, had kindly brought us some amazing Lego models for an exhibition that had brightened up the day.
The inter-class Lego competition in the hall after school where students built their dreams with the Lego blocks provided, was another appealing activity that one would regret missing.
One hundred and thirty four of Secondary 1 students participated in the S.1 Inter-class Chinese Speech Competition on 23 January, 2014. It is a competition organized by the Chinese Language Department, aiming to enhance student’s public speaking skills and their appreciation of Chinese poetry.
In that afternoon, all S.1 students gathered at hall, supporting and encouraging their schoolmates. All competitors did their best in their performances. After fierce competitions, 1B NG YEE TUNG’s group got the Champion at the Group Speaking Competition, while 1D CHEN PUI LING won the Champion at the Solo Verse Speaking Competition.
All S.5 and S.6 students attended the first round of the Discussion Practice held at lunchtime in the covered playground on four English Speaking Wednesdays (from 25 Sep to 23 Oct). The students were asked to prepare beforehand for their group discussion on the topic Whether or not school clubs can use online games for fund-raising. They were then divided into groups of four to participate in an 8-minute group interaction.
The students tried their best to get involved in their discussion in order to prepare themselves for the HKDSE examination. Most of them contributed creative ideas with varied and accurate vocabulary, and facilitated others’ understanding using intonation and suitable pacing. Most groups used a range of turn-taking strategies to maintain interaction. They expressed that it was a great opportunity for them to prepare for the HKDSE Oral Examination.
The S.5 English Drama Activity, which is part of the NSS English Language Elective Module, was successfully held in the afternoon of 26 September.
Last year, at the end of the Elective Module, all S.4 students were divided into groups of 5 to 6 to write their own drama plays. They staged their plays in the summer and the best group of each class participated in the Drama Activity to showcase their creativity and acting skills.
The 5 best groups found the Drama Activity memorable as they have gained a great deal of knowledge related to drama and improved on various English skills. While the teams enjoyed their performance so much, the judges (Ms Ada Lam from the Education Bureau, and Mr Grobler, our NET) and the audience also had a great time.
At the end of the activity, prizes were awarded to the following outstanding classes and students.
In the new school year, the English Ambassador team runs in a way that is completely different from the previous years.
The English Ambassador team aims to promote a better environment for learning English by holding a variety of activities on English Speaking Wednesdays and English Speaking Activity Days. However, we believe that we still have room for improvement when it comes to enhancing students’ interest in learning English.
In order to provide our schoolmates with more chances to get in touch with English, the English Ambassadors are further divided into different teams this year. We are working together to make an English newspaper and a lot of English videos for our schoolmates, all the videos and articles will be published on our Facebook fan page, YouTube Channel, and our webpage.Like us on Facebook! Visit our YouTube channel!
Apart from the writing articles and making videos, we are also planning a wide range of activities for our schoolmates in the English Centre, which is open at lunch time from Tuesday to Thursday every week. Activities will range form doing origami or playing board games to cooking. Students can come and enjoy themselves while having lunch and chatting with Mr. Grobler, our new NET teacher, in the English Centre. Snacks are provided for our schoolmates to enjoy. See our Facebook fan page for the activity schedule.
Same as what we did in the past, we will be helping with the collaborative activities held in the covered playground and the speaker’s corner. Students are always welcome to read tongue twisters to us from their English log books. We believe that learning English will be easier and happier than ever with our help.
During the first English Speaking Activity Day, 16th October, students enjoyed themselves participating in the activities planned by our English Ambassadors. The theme of the day was “Challenge Yourself!” We had plenty of chances to challenge ourselves while having fun. The activities included game booths in the covered playground as well as the interclass competition in the hall.
The English language in itself is a challenge to quite a lot of students. To help them overcome this challenge and build their confidence in speaking English, we hosted games in the covered playground during lunchtime and after school. The games were intriguing individual challenges, including Marble trouble, Riddle, Reciting fun and Obstacle Cross. Students really spoke a lot of English while playing the games. Hopefully, they will realise that speaking English is not that difficult.
Apart from challenging themselves, students from different classes also had the opportunity to challenge other classes in the hall after school. Every class was asked to design a challenge for all the other classes beforehand as part of an interclass challenge design competition. The English Ambassadors chose the best challenge from each form and on the day of the event representatives of each class competed in the five best challenges. The challenges included:
I hope you didn’t miss any of these exciting games. If you did, don’t worry as there are two more English Speaking Activity Days to come. We are now brainstorming ideas for the next English Speaking Activity Day’s activities.
By Tam Hiu Yan, Rosy 5E
All Secondary One to Secondary Five classes in our school participated in the Classroom Board Display Competition in October. It is a competition organized by the Moral and Civil Education Committee of the School, aiming to introduce the theme of the school year – “Excel in character and studies; make dreams happen” and to reinforce the sense of belongings among students. The best performed class in each form goes to S1D, S2A, S3B, S4A and S5D.
The Maths Arena this year was successfully held on Friday, 5 July. Delightfully, there were in total 20 teams of student representatives, who came from ten local primary schools, joining the competition. Student representatives were required to complete the challenges in ten game stalls, which not only required the mathematics-related abilities of them, but their collaboration skills as well. The champion this year went to Evangel College, while the 1st and the 2nd runners-up went to St. Andrew’s Catholic Primary School and Po Leung Kuk Luk Hing Too Primary School respectively. Congratulations to all prize-winners! Last but not least, we show our whole-hearted gratitude to all the schools which supported the competition enormously!
About 177 of Secondary 1 to Secondary 5 students participated in the Maths Day on 28th May, 2012 at the School Hall. There were mathematics games such as rush hour, Klotski, Tower of Hanoi. Rummikub and Blokus. The competitions were organized by the Mathematics Department, aiming to arouse students’ interest in Mathematics.
Students competed rigorously in the heat events and only 4 students could enter the final for each competition. Eventually, Wu Chun Wai(S3B) got the Champion in Blokus Competition and Cheung Wing Yu (3D) got the Champion in Rummikub Competition.
Three S.5 students, Chan Yim Kwai, Pang To King and Ng Wing, accompanied by Miss Chan Ho Ying, ended their two-week journey in Germany on 28 July and shared their amazing stories with their fellow schoolmates and people in the territory.
The trip was part of the programme Travel Experience Share(TES) 2013, organised by Wai Yin Association and funded with designated contributions by an anonymous donor, other corporate and individual donors.
Before departure, the students planned the whole trip and during their journey, they put their plans into practice and gained some memorable experience. The team travelled to four cities in Germany, namely Frankfurt, Alsfeld, Nuermberg and Munich, all of which tie closely to the team’s theme – Children’s Culture.
From meeting hospitable Germans, trying out authentic German food, experiencing tranquil European small towns to visiting museums, going to the zoo, attending local children’s festivals, the team took the chance to learn and immersed themselves into the culture to the fullest. What’s more was that such fabulous experiences were not confined to the team abroad, but also shared among fellow schoolmates in Hong Kong through the team’s daily update of their travel blog on Facebook. Photos, smiles, experiences and memories were virtually shared across the continent, between Germany and Hong Kong.
The team’s travel was so successful and interesting that after returning to Hong Kong, they were invited to an interview on TVB to share the joy and experiences they had in Germany. If you want to know more about their trip and other funny things they came across in Germany, stay tuned for their episode of 'Cultural Engine 4U' on TVB Jade at 9am on 24 August, 2013.CDGFSS TES 2013 Facebook Page
On Tuesday 21st May 2013, a cacophony of electronic sound effects lured curious onlookers to the Covered Playground at lunchtime and after school. The hollow plastic sounds of bouncing ping pong balls; the thunk of a ball striking skittles; and the swoosh of arrows flying towards a target, were easily traced to the eager throng of students around the Wii Sports Resort computer games.
The students were enjoying one of the many activities on offer at the third ESAD entitled Entertainment Extravaganza. Under colourful booths dotted around the Covered Playground, English Ambassadors hosted games stalls with the theme of Entertainment.
Students crowded around the booths and waited their turn to try their hand at matching the faces of celebrities with their mini-biographies; while others shrieked with laughter as they filled in blank speech bubbles from cartoon strips and read the dialogue aloud in pairs. Another group of eager students matched film genres (types) to film posters.
When they were thirsty students migrated to the free coffee and marshmallow booth hosted by the Accounts and Economics Department. The Geography and History Departments also offered booths featuring different forms of entertainment from Hong Kong and around the world.
For those who wanted a quiet moment apart from all the noise and activity we also featured a mobile Book Fair with books for both students and teachers to browse and buy.
After school, students were thrilled by an episode of the Sci–Fi spectacular, Dr Who, the popular TV drama from Britain, which was screened in the School Hall.
Small prizes and chops for Log Books were snapped up by students at both the lunchtime and after school venues.
On Wednesday 24th April our S1 classes enjoyed an afternoon of fun, immersed in the story of The Wizard of Oz. The activity was designed to complement their drama lessons.
The activity began with students from each class going onto the stage to either mime or use facial expression to perform tasks printed on a Lucky Dip card. Other students had cards instructing them to read aloud then spell aloud vocabulary from the Drama lessons, such as script or costumes. The appreciative audience rapturously applauded their classmates’ efforts!
After that, we screened the spectacular musical The Wizard of Oz that Carmel students had produced a few years ago. While they were watching, our S1 students filled out a worksheet based on the musical.
Later, small prizes were awarded to students who were quick enough to answer the questions correctly in a quick-fire Q&A round.
Every one returned to class inspired by the sterling performances of our past pupils; and eager to act out the Wizard of Oz script themselves in the next few English Reading lessons!
All Secondary Two classes participated in the Drama Competition on 19th April afternoon at the school hall. It is a competition organized by the Chinese Department, aiming to promote the creativity, expressiveness and team spirit of our students. Our students created the scripts by mirror-writing different Chinese masterpieces. They worked hard on the competition and performed well on stage.
We invited Ms Luk Mei Yee and Ms Chan Oi Heung to be our judges. A student group from S2D(Group 1) performing “五仙取義勇救勾踐 各顯神通名垂千古” got the Champion in the competition. Another student group from S2B (Group 2) performing “現代宋定伯之捉鬼敢死隊” got the First Runner-up. The group from S2A performing “回到三國” and S2B (Group 1) “差得多先生傳” got the Second Runner-up.